Hyatt Hotel Corporation and MGM Resorts International held a loyalty program partnership launch event last night in the Mansion at MGM Grand Las Vegas for about 100 invited guests and corporate executives.
Ever heard of the Mansion at MGM Grand?
I was unfamiliar with this property until yesterday when I looked up the exclusive Las Vegas enclave on the web to read this 290,000 square feet architecturally splendid resort within the MGM Grand has 29 villas for high roller ‘whales’ or VIPs willing to spend $5,000+ per night.
Few visitors to Las Vegas will ever have the opportunity to stand inside the atrium and pool gardens of the Mansion at MGM Grand.
Here is a photo tour of the grounds from my three hour visit yesterday evening.
Walking around the MGM Grand, the largest hotel resort complex in the world, in search of the Mansion was challenging to find the entry to the property within the property even with a map in hand. Kelley and I stopped frequently to ask directions and we kept getting the reply to turn left at Starbucks.
Eventually we spotted a woman standing next to a Hyatt-M life sign who directed us to walk down the hall and through a metal gate.
Inside the gate.
After walking through several hallways, we finally found our way to the atrium covered courtyard.
The 29 villas offer one to four bedrooms and range in size from 2,400 square feet to 12,000 square feet. One article I saw stated these villas are for invited ‘whales’, high rollers who may gamble around $1 million an hour when playing the casino games.
By those Las Vegas animal analogies my gambling pattern ranks me somewhere in the size of plankton.
The courtyard was staffed with chefs and waiters serving up wine and champagne and an array of food.
Mountain of jumbo prawns and king crab claws on ice.
And Hyatt on ice.
Boarding Area founder Randy Petersen was videographer for MilePoint TV during the event. Gary Leff of View from the Wing, Scott Mackenzie of Hack My Trip and Summer Hull of Mommy Points were other BoardingArea bloggers in attendance.
The climate controlled space inside the atrium covered courtyard was comfortably cool while outside the temperature was a sizzling 108 F degrees. I fried my head the hour before from taking a 15-minute walk down the street in the afternoon sun to buy some beer and vitamin water.
The small number of invited guests made for easy mingling. There was a mix of bloggers, frequent business travelers and executives from MGM Resorts and Hyatt Hotels.
The interview space backdrop Mlife-Hyatt Gold Passport-MGM Resorts.
The pool courtyard in the open air reminded me of the heat’s intensity outside while strolling with a glass of chardonnay and snapping photos.
The Pool at the Mansion.
The Pool with New York-New York skyline in background.
Fading sunlight on the Tuscan style architecture of the Mansion.
Inside the conversation and wine was flowing.
King crab claws and wine was my simple good time dinner.
Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon, Veuve Clique Champagne and Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay.
Kelley was all jazzed after the event from meeting so many interesting people. She has been envious of the social parties I attend at travel events. I now fear her envy will only grow on days when I am away for hotel travel and telling her about conference parties while she is home after working all day in a public school. She will think all my working parties measure up to the Mansion event.
This Hyatt Gold Passport – MGM M life event was more exclusive and better catered than most parties I have the opportunity to attend. I think my regular line to her in the future will have to be: “It wasn’t as good as the party we attended at the Mansion.”
Gathering for the Hyatt Gold Passport-Mlife launch event in the Mansion at MGM Grand was truly a once-in-a-lifetime event for us. The opportunity to wine and dine inside the Mansion is a taste of Vegas few travelers will ever experience.
“Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” – Forrest Gump.
One of the major benefits of attending the Hyatt Gold Passport M Life launch event at MGM Grand was an invitation to M life Noir tier status, an elite level conferred by invitation only. The 100 or so invited attendees for this launch experience in Las Vegas were each given M life Noir cards.
My M life Noir card is good through September 2014 for a taste of living large in Las Vegas over the next year and provides benefits like skipping lines at MGM Resorts buffets and other perks. If you have ever waited in line for a Vegas buffet, you probably realize the time savings this benefit offers.
About Hyatt Gold Passport and M life
Hyatt Gold Passport and MGM Resorts International partnered loyalty programs effective June 20, 2013. Beginning in August 2013, members of each loyalty program will be given reciprocal loyalty program status.
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts® and MGM Resorts International® have teamed up to form an unprecedented relationship in the hotel industry that offers substantial benefits to members of their loyalty programs, Hyatt Gold Passport® and M life. Starting June 20, Hyatt Gold Passport members will be able to earn and redeem Hyatt Gold Passport points at 12 iconic M life destinations on The Las Vegas Strip, including Bellagio®, MGM Grand® and Mandalay Bay®. Hyatt Gold Passport members will also be able to earn credit toward tier status for eligible stays and eligible nights at participating M life destinations.
The participating MGM Resorts destinations in Las Vegas are:
- MGM Grand,
- The Signature at MGM Grand,
- Mandalay Bay,
- THEhotel at Mandalay Bay,
- The Mirage,
- Monte Carlo,
- New York-New York,
- Luxor and
Beginning June 20, the relationship will provide Hyatt Gold Passport members and MGM Resorts’ M life members with the benefits outlined below.
Hyatt Gold Passport Benefits
- Hyatt Gold Passport members will receive Hyatt Gold Passport points on every eligible dollar spent at the 12 participating MGM Resorts destinations in Las Vegas. Members will also have the opportunity to earn M life Tier Credits simultaneously at these locations on eligible spend.
- All eligible stays at any of the participating MGM Resorts destinations in Las Vegas will count toward Hyatt Gold Passport tier status.
- Hyatt Gold Passport members will be able to redeem their Hyatt Gold Passport points for award nights at participating MGM Resorts destinations in Las Vegas.
- Coming in August, Hyatt Gold Passport members will be eligible to opt-in to a reciprocal tier status in MGM Resorts’ M life, providing benefits at participating MGM Resorts destinations. Depending on the matched Tier Level, members may receive special room offers and upgrades, pre-sale access to premier concert, show and fight tickets, invitations to members-only events, access to M life Moments – exclusive experiences, and much more.
M life Benefits
- M life members will receive M life Tier Credits for eligible spend when traveling beyond MGM Resorts destinations, in Las Vegas, Detroit and Mississippi, when they stay at Hyatt hotels and resorts worldwide.
- M life members will have the opportunity to experience destinations and cultures across the globe with the authentic hospitality that Hyatt offers while earning M life Tier Credits.
- Coming in August, M life members will be eligible to opt-in to a reciprocal tier status in Hyatt Gold Passport, providing benefits at Hyatt hotels and resorts worldwide. Depending on the matched Tier Level, members may receive complimentary in-room Internet access, guaranteed room availability, late check-out and more during their Hyatt stay.
Thanks Hyatt and MGM for the M life high life experience inside the Mansion at MGM Grand.
Blogger disclosure: This Hyatt Gold Passport-M life launch event included some freebies: Two nights at the MGM Grand in a standard room on the 21st floor ($250 value), two tickets to Cirque du Soleil Zarkana ($340 value), and the launch event party at The Mansion at MGM Grand (priceless). My transportation to Las Vegas was self-funded.
Ric Garrido, writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler, shares news and views on hotels, hotel loyalty programs and vacation destinations for frequent guests.